Winners Announced for NACTOY 2016 Awards
Jurors for the NACTOY (North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year) awards have named the winners for 2016. (Lauren Fix, The Car Coach is a proud juror!)
Winners Announced for NACTOY 2016 Awards in Detroit – Fifty-three automotive journalists from Canada and the United States have voted the Honda Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Volvo XC90 was voted as the 2016 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.
Both vehicles were previous winners. The Civic won in 2006 and the XC90 won in 2003.
The NACTOY Awards – now in their twenty-third year – are unique in the United States because the awards are not given by a single media outlet. They are awarded by an independent group of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent television, radio, magazine, newspaper and online publications.
The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.
The three car finalists were the Chevrolet Malibu, the Honda Civic and the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Civic had 203 points, the Malibu 181 and the MX-5 Miata 146.
The three truck/utility finalists were the Honda Pilot, Nissan Titan XD and the Volvo XC90. The Volvo had 310 points, the Pilot had 111 and the Titan XD had 109.
The winners were revealed Monday morning at a news conference at the North American International Auto Show. Michelle Collins, a partner at Deloitte & Touche, handed envelopes with the names of the winners to Tony Swan, a member of the award’s organizing committee. The jurors sent their ballots directly to Ms. Collins, who did not divulge the names of the winners until the news conference.
In the last twenty-three years “domestic” automakers have won North American Car of the Year twelve times and foreign automakers have won eleven times. Japanese automakers have four wins. European automakers have five wins. Korean automakers (Hyundai) have two wins.
Domestics have won the truck competition fifteen times. Foreign automakers have won eight times. Of those eight wins, Japanese automakers have won four times and Europeans have won four times.
Last year the North American Car of the Year was the Volkswagen Golf while the North American Truck/Utility of the Year was the Ford F-150.
For more information, visit the official NACTOY website.